Nose wheel falls from Boeing 757 passenger plane waiting to take off – The Guardian


The Delta Air Lines jet was scheduled to depart from Atlanta airport and none of the six crew members or 184 passengers were injured

Wed 24 Jan 2024 06:17 GMT

A nose wheel fell off a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 passenger plane and rolled away as the plane lined up to take off from Atlanta International Airport in the US over the weekend, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to a preliminary FAA release, none of the 184 passengers or six crew members on board were injured in the incident, which occurred Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

According to the report, the plane was in line waiting to take off when “the nose wheel came loose and rolled down the hill.”

Boeing 757 aircraft have two side-by-side rubber nose wheel tires and are inspected before flight.

The plane was scheduled to fly to Bogotá, Colombia, and Delta said the passengers had been transferred to a replacement flight, according to The New York Times.

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 aircraft similar to the one that lost a nose wheel. Photo: Ivan Cholakov/Alamy

Boeing declined to comment and directed questions to the airline, the newspaper reported. The FAA said it was continuing its investigation into the incident.

The U.S.-based aircraft maker came under increased scrutiny from federal regulators after a piece of fuselage fell off an Alaska Airlines flight mid-flight this month, leaving a gaping hole in a new Boeing 737 Max 9 jet.

The FAA has since recommended that airlines operating Boeing 737-900ER jets check door plugs to ensure they are properly secured. Although not part of Boeing's newer Max fleet, the 900ER features an identical center exit door plug design.

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Amid growing passenger concerns, Kayak, a leading online travel agent, has updated its filters to allow customers to exclude flights that use Boeing's troubled 737 Max aircraft.

Kayak introduced an aircraft filter in March 2019, but after the Alaska Airlines incident revised the setting, making it more visible on the search page and adding the ability to distinguish between 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft, as only the latter on The FAA remained grounded.

Portal contributed to this report


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